High West Distillery, established in 2006 by the visionary duo of David Perkins and his wife, Jane, stands as a testament to the transformative power of passion and inspiration. David, a former biochemist, embarked on this remarkable journey after a revelatory visit to a whiskey distillery in Kentucky, where he astutely observed the striking parallels between the fermentation and distillation processes and his scientific background. This pivotal moment sowed the seeds of High West’s inception.
In 2004, David and his dedicated family made the momentous decision to relocate to the enchanting mountain town of Park City, Utah, a place that held a special allure for David due to his deep affection for the Old West and the region’s storied, yet somewhat concealed, whiskey history. It was in this picturesque locale that the Perkins family set their sights on crafting exceptional whiskey.
High West’s modest beginnings were characterized by a small 250-gallon still and an inviting Saloon, both nestled within a historic livery stable and garage in downtown Park City. From these unassuming origins, a remarkable transformation unfolded. What was once a modest operation has evolved into an internationally-renowned and award-winning brand, a testament to the unwavering commitment and pioneering spirit of the Perkins family. High West Distillery now stands as a symbol of innovation, authenticity, and a passion for the craft that has left an indelible mark on the world of whiskey.